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Christopher Layton

Christopher Layton (March 8, 1821 – August 7, 1898) was a Mormon colonizer and Patriarch who founded the cities of Kaysville, Utah, Layton, Utah, and Thatcher, Arizona. Layton, Utah is named after him.

Layton was born at Thorncote, Northill, Bedfordshire, England. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1842 and a year later emigrated to the United States.

In 1846, Layton joined the Mormon Battalion. In 1852, he moved to Kaysville, Utah Territory. From 1883 to 1898, he served as president of the St. Joseph Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Thatcher, Arizona.


  • Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, p. 645-646.


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